A wider list of countries, including many developing countries, is in principle automatically entitled to submit research proposals under the Horizon 2020 programmes. Association with the EU Framework Programmes can contribute significantly to the research volume of the partner country and contribute to developing links with international networks of excellence. In return, the EU, through its framework programmes, has benefited considerably from the scientific talents of countries in the former Soviet bloc and elsewhere (e.g. israel.B).  International cooperation, strategy, partner countries and regions, funding, project results, documents and news DG Research and Innovation Unit H.2: International cooperation Association with the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is the closest form of cooperation with countries outside the EU. It facilitates the work and financing of joint projects. The EU invites countries outside the bloc to participate in their seven-year research and innovation framework programmes, including developing countries. Horizon 2020, the European Union`s framework programme for scientific research and innovation between 2014 and 2020, is the bloc`s largest research programme to date, with a budget of nearly €80 billion. Horizon 2020 will focus on the implementation of Europe 2020, the EU Strategy for Smart, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth to 2020 in general and the EU Agenda for the Innovation Union in particular. Around 17% of the Horizon 2020 budget is dedicated through the European Research Council on basic research and 39% to societal challenges such as health, demographic change and well-being, climate protection and safe, clean and efficient energy. Regional scientific cooperation aims to find synergies with other EU policies and activities and to complement the bilateral action of EU countries. Since 1999, Israel has been a scientific collaborator of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility; The agreement was extended by a fourth five-year term in 2013 and, in particular, Israel`s contribution increased from 0.5% to 1.5% of the EFSF budget.  PACE-Net Plus aims to strengthen the dialogue between the Pacific and Europe, support bi-regional research and innovation through calls for research proposals and promote scientific excellence and industrial and economic competition. Ten of the sixteen members come from the Pacific, the rest from Europe.  Scientific cooperation between the EU and China is governed by the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed in 1998. It was renewed for the third time in 2014. The implementation of the agreement is overseen by a joint steering committee. The association gives legal persons from the associated country, as far as possible, equal access to the actions and financial resources of the EU research and innovation programme as legal persons from EU countries. The associated country shall make a financial contribution in proportion to its GDP and on the basis of an international agreement with the EU.
Online library of research publications of EU international cooperation Switzerland was unable to sign the Treaty on the European Economic Area, although it actively participated in the preparation, since it was the subject of a negative vote in a Swiss referendum in November 1992. However, a bilateral agreement with the EU allows Switzerland to use the EU`s main instruments, including the seven-year framework programmes for research and innovation, the Future and New Technologies programme, financial support from the European Research Council and the Erasmus programme for student exchanges, in exchange for respect for the “four freedoms” of the internal market. the free movement of goods, services, persons and capital. Switzerland`s political ties with the EU are therefore weaker than those of the other three EFTA members.  This is one of the main outcomes of the fourth Innovation Cooperation Dialogue held today in the margins of the EU-China Summit in Brussels. . . .